Aluminum Top Case Bracket for '19 DL1000: Most Straightforward Install? ex. Givi, SW-Motech, etc.

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  1. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad Been here awhile

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    I've been researching the various aluminum top cases (~42L size). The reviews for the cases are generally straightforward. They're well made and people like them.

    I would have ordered something by now, but I keep balking on one brand or another due to reviews about the bracket & rack install. Consistent complaints seem to be:

    1. Confusing parts ordering. ex. SW-Motech. People getting what they thought they needed for the install, only to have to go back and order extra parts. ex. Plate vs. bracket, etc.
    2. Long enough bolts not included for install. ex. Givi Monokey.
    3. Confusing installation instructions.

    My question...what is flat out the most straightforward to install aluminum top case rack & bracket for a '19 DL1000/V-Strom? Price is not going to be a determining factor, as they're all equally overpriced.

    I understand that my wallet is going to get "gangstered." The main driver (for the top case) is that I want something that will function and look similar to the OEM/SW-Motech panniers and be an easy and straightforward "buy once, cry once" purchase. I'm leaning towards the Givi SRA3112 (Aluminum Top Case Rack) at the moment.

    I would appreciate any insight that you can offer. Thank you.:beer

    Edit: Decided to go with the Givi Trekker Outback 42L w/ SRA3112 bracket.
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  2. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad Been here awhile

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    The install was drama free. A few items of note:

    -The instructions mention that you need a 5mm Allen key. You will need a 5mm AND a 4mm. The 5mm is for the upper bolts, the 4mm is to remove the two lower bolts for the bracket installation.

    -The tolerances for alignment of the bracket to the lower bolt are extremely tight. You’ll have to back the bolt out to where there are no threads past the fixed/mounted nut to be able to attach the bar.

    -Very nice setup. It’s well made and seems pretty rugged and should be able to hold the 13 lbs specified by Givi without a problem, lol.



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  3. usedtobefast

    usedtobefast Been here awhile

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    I recently bought a 2018 and I should have spent more time looking into things like you did.

    I'm not going on dirt roads, and I'll only carry clothes, some water and snacks, so I don't need a super heavy duty setup.

    So I went with a Givi Monolock option, save some money I thought. Ha ha. I had to buy longer bolts, and take the stock rack off/on 2-3 times to figure out the best way to mount the plastic universal Givi adapter plate. Our stock racks are very light weight plastic! They look sturdy, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway, plastic bolted to plastic, and as you tighten it down it ends up bowing/bending the plastic adapter plate.

    Once done, the top case shakes a lot on bumpy roads. So now I doubt I can return it (installed, used, etc).

    So I'm going to go the same route you did ... SRA3112 and a Monokey case. And have a used for one 150 mile trip Monolock plate and case sitting in the garage for the next 20 years I guess.
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  4. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad Been here awhile

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    It's a great setup for daily use. I've got a few dozen commuting trips with this top case and I'm still very happy with it. In hindsight...I wish I'd gotten this setup for my old KLR, rather than putting together a budget top case setup for it.

    The mounting setup is pretty sturdy. Unless you grossly overload the case, I can't imagine ever having an issue with it.

    Buy the case and adapter that you want and sell the old one to offset some of the difference. Where it's a universal plate, it shouldn't be hard to find someone to take it off your hands.
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